Eastern Pike Regional Police, PA and Port Jervis City Police, NY partner to promote increased seat belt awareness in national campaign.

As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, Eastern Pike Regional Police and Port Jervis City Police are urging everyone to buckle up.   Beginning May 23rd,  law enforcement officials will be out in full force, taking part in the 2016 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted.

“As we kick-off the busy summer driving season, it is critical that everyone buckles up every time they go out, day and night – no excuses,” “Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt, including drivers that have neglected to properly buckle their children. – Click It or Ticket.

At 6:00 p.m. on May 23, Eastern Pike Regional Police and Port Jervis City Police will join law enforcement agencies across nearly half of the United States in mobilizing the Click It or Ticket (CIOT) “Border to Border” Operation. Law enforcement agencies will join forces to provide increased seat belt enforcement at State borders, sending a zero tolerance message to the public:   driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter what State.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 9,580 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2013 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. And unbelted fatalities are more prevalent at night than during the daytime: 59 percent of those killed in 2013 during the overnight hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. unbelted at the time of the crash.

“Seat belts save thousands of lives every year, but far too many motorists are still not buckling up, especially at night when the risk of getting in a crash is even greater,” said local police officials. “We want to make this the safest summer possible. Buckling up is not optional; it’s the difference between life and death in a crash. That’s why we’re out here enforcing the law. Click it or Ticket, every time, day or night.”

From 2008 to 2012, seat belts have saved nearly 63,000 lives nationwide. So while this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 23 – June 5, officers will continue to save lives by enforcing seat belt laws year-round.

For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit www.nhtsa.gov.

Alcohol and other impairing drugs are involved in approximately 40 percent of all traffic crashes in which someone is killed each year. If you drink alcohol or use other impairing drugs and drive, even a little, your chances of being in a collision are much greater than if you did not drink any alcohol or use any other drugs.

If you are younger than 21 it is illegal to purchase, publicly possess and drink alcoholic beverages. Alcohol and... other impairing drugs affect a person’s ability to perceive surroundings, react to emergencies and skillfully operate a motor vehicle. For new drivers learning complex skills, the effects of alcohol and other impairing drugs are greater. Pennsylvania has a “zero tolerance” law (no alcohol in the circulatory system) for drivers under 21.

Eastern Pike Regional Officers will be out in force. If you are under 21 and under the influence of alcohol you will be arrested.

Dont let your Big Day Become Your Last Day

Dont let your Big Day Become Your Last Day

 

SCAM_WARNINGAs the holidays come closer so do the holiday scams. The Eastern Pike Regional Police would like to address some of the scams that came up last year and will likely emerge again this holiday season.

The Set –Up

You get a phone call out of the blue, offering you a free or cheap holiday.

The Hook

You could do with getting away. So you give the person your details and agree to pay a ‘processing fee’. They promise to send you some vouchers to redeem against your travel.

The Sting

The vouchers are worthless, your holiday hopes are ruined, and you never see your money again.

Scammers are constantly coming up with new ways to scam. It's their day job. It could be taking money for goods that don’t exist, or tricking you into giving them access to your PC. There are countless ways scammers may try to draw you in.

You have less chance of being scammed if you do some research before handing over your money. Do an online search of the company or person’s name with the word ‘scam’ after it. It may bring up stories of other people who have experienced the same scam.

Remember, If it sounds too good to be true, It Probably Is. The Employees at the Eastern Pike Regional Police Department would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.

The Eastern Pike Regional Police Department is hosting it’s sixth annual pet food drive to support the Pike County Humane Society.

Beginning November 15, 2015 through the December 31, 2015 citizens may drop off non-perishable pet food items to the police department, located at 10 Avenue I in Matamoras.

The Holiday Pet Food Drive is the way to help the non-profit Pike County Humane Society keep up with increasing costs.

Continue the spirit of holiday giving this year by donating any kind of pet food to the Eastern Pike Regional Police Department Holiday Pet Food Drive. The greatest need is for dry food, but all kinds and types of pet food are appreciated.

For more information visit us at www.eprpd.org, or to make a monetary donation go to http://www.pikecountyhumanesociety.com

 

The members of the Port Jervis City Police, Town of Deerpark Police and the Eastern Pike Regional Pennsylvania Police Dept. announce they will be participating in the No Shave November fundraising initiative beginning November 1st in honor of all cancer survivors and a tribute to those residents and loved ones who have recently passed especially Port Jervis School District Coach Luann McCarthy, a beloved community educator, volunteer and coach who touched the lives of our community. All proceeds will benefit Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center.

Police Officers are governed by strict grooming and uniform standards. However, during the month of November, officers will be permitted to participate in the No Shave November initiative to increase awareness by embracing the growth of hair in order to evoke conversation and educate about cancer prevention, save lives and support those fighting the battle against cancer.

Through this initiative, it is requested that the money usually spent on shaving and grooming for a month be donated to a cancer program or cause to assist with education about cancer prevention.

Officers participating in the fundraising and awareness campaign encourage all community members to participate by growing a beard, cultivating a mustache, skip shaving the legs and canceling waxing appointments. However, if letting all your hair grow is not possible, they are accepting donations of any amount to sponsor and or support their commitment to No Shave November.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation on behalf of the Departments participating in this initiative can do so by visiting the Port Jervis Police Department headquarters, located at 20 Hammond Street, Port Jervis, NY, or by mail to the same address. Make checks payable to the "Port Jervis PBA".

Donations can also be made online by visiting Orange Regional Medical Center’s Foundation page at www.ormc.org/GiveNow and clicking on No Shave November. For more information, call the Port Jervis Police Department at 845-858-4065; visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/PortJervisPD, or on Twitter @PortJervisPD.

PJPD, EPRPD, Deerpark PD

PJPD, EPRPD, Deerpark PD

 

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

 Drive Sober

As summer winds down, Eastern Pike Regional Police Department is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving. The 20-day, high-visibility campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives. August 21-September 7 (Labor Day), law enforcement partners nationwide will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce the toll of drunk driving.

And what a toll it is. In 2013, there were 10,076 people killed in drunk–driving crashes, almost a third of all traffic fatalities. Thirty-eight percent of crash fatalities on Labor Day weekend that year involved drunk drivers (with blood alcohol concentrations [BACs] of .08 or higher), amounting to 161 lives lost. And we’re not just talking about a little bit of alcohol, either. More than a quarter (27%) of the crash fatalities that occurred on Labor Day weekend involved drivers with BACs of .15 or higher—almost twice the illegal per se limit.

“Too many people think their actions don’t affect anybody else,” said Chief Chad Stewart. “They know it’s illegal. They know it’s wrong. But they do it anyway – they make decisions as if those statistics just can’t happen to them,” he added.

The reality is, people aren’t invincible. Of the 10,076 people who were killed in impaired-driving crashes in 2013, 65 percent were the drunk drivers themselves. Those 6,515 drunk drivers planned on making it to their destinations, but they didn’t.

In every state, it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. Chief Stewart wants to remind drivers that it’s not a recommendation; it’s the law. And during the enforcement period starting August 21, there will be a special emphasis on drunk-driving enforcement. Local drivers should expect to see more patrol vehicles, DUI checkpoints, and increased messaging about this reckless, preventable crime. “The number of people who are still drinking and driving is unacceptable,” added Chief Stewart. “Yes, we want to increase awareness for the campaign, but we want the effects to be permanent.”

NHTSA data shows that repeat offenders are an especially dangerous facet of the drunk-driving problem. In the month of August from 2009-2013, of the drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes, almost 1 out of 10 (8%) of them had already been convicted of at least one drunk-driving offense.

Chief Stewart emphasized the preventable nature of drunk driving: “All it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive.” NHTSA has made it even easier to get home safely when you’ve been drinking. The new SaferRide mobile app (free from the iTunes store and Google Play), can help users call a taxi or a friend for a ride home. The app can even help you identify your location so you can be picked up. So this August and year-round, remember that there’s no excuse for drunk driving. If you choose to break the law, Eastern Pike Regional Police will see you before you see them. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

On Monday March 9, 2015 at the Eastern Pike Regional Police Commission Meeting, officers Harry Prey and Daniel Parks were presented commendations for Life Saving with Valor.

On February 5, 2015 these two officers responded to a structural house fire on Avenue O in Matamoras Borough. Upon arriving to an active fire the officers were told that there were two disabled individuals in the home. The officers entered the house and removed both residents from the home.

Their quick response and selfless act resulted in two lives being saved. “You are a great example of professionals who are dedicated to keeping are community safe”, said Chief Chad Stewart.

Chief Stewart presented both officers with a commendation bar and certificate for their actions. The Lifesaving bar with valor is awarded to officers who, with total disregard for their personal safety, attempt to save or save the life of another.Commendation Presentation

Game Plan for Super Bowl Sunday: Are You Drinking or Driving?

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk

Matamoras, PA – The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Pike County highway safety and law enforcement officials are urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

NHTSA’s Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you or others on the road.

According to data from NHTSA, in 2012 there were 10,322 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States—31 percent of all crash fatalities in the nation. A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, the legal limit in all states. This February 1, don’t become a tragic Super Bowl stat.

“Drunk driving is completely preventable,” said Eastern Pike Regional Police Chief Chad Stewart “All it takes is a little planning. We want fans to remember that it’s a choice. Drink or drive—but never do both.”

For those who plan to drink, leave your keys at home. Designate a sober driver, whether it’s a friend, relative, taxi, or public transportation. For those who plan to drive, refrain from any alcohol. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. Being a sober, designated driver is a key role on Super Bowl Sunday. You might just save a life.

 

For more Super Bowl weekend safety information, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/SuperBowl

elderOctober 7, 2014

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

  1. Vincent’s Parish hall (Across from Ray & Charles Deli)

101 St. Vincent Drive, route 739, Milford, Pa

Elder Justice Day is an informative seminar to educate and prevent Pike County seniors and those with disabilities from abuse and exploitation. By joining with experts from across the state and local leaders we bring information to share.